As if the joy of sharing fresh produce wasn’t enough, Iowans can now earn a tax credit for produce donated to registered food banks. Home gardeners and commercial growers alike can now receive a tax credit of up to $5,000 for something they’ve hopefully been doing anyway: Donating their bumper crops to local food banks.
So if your salsa-making ambitions are waning, here is an extra incentive to gather up those tomatoes and peppers and do good for others.
Some relevant resources:
- Only registered banks can issue the tax credit receipt. Get your bank registered here.
- Check out Cultivate Iowa to find a food bank to bring your produce to.
- This page of the Iowa Tax website has more FAQ and answers for this new-to-2014 program.
- And, if you haven’t yet, watch one of my favorite documentaries, A Place At The Table, to learn why I’m so pumped about helping to solve food insecurity!